Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Distance Education Pathway
School of Pharmacy

LECOM's Distance Education Pathway is now granting deadline extensions until June 1, 2017. Email with your name, PharmCAS ID, and pathway to request for an extension today!

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jordan Koper 
      • LECOM, School of Pharmacy 
      • Phone (Work): 814-866-8433 
      • Phone (Fax): 814-866-8123 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Thanks to LECOM's fundraising efforts, our School of Pharmacy is now offering $1,000 scholarships to every student in this year's entering class!

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./M.H.S.A.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Friday June 24, 2016 
      • Details: We will be hosting an Admissions Information Session on Friday June 24th, 2016 from 10:00am-1:30pm at the Bradenton, FL Campus and 12:30pm-4:00pm at the Erie, PA Campus. LECOM invites prospective students to visit our campuses in Erie and Bradenton to learn more about becoming a LECOM pharmacy student. Registration is required. For Bradenton, please RSVP Manivone Phantharath: (941) 756-0690 or For Erie, please RSVP to Debbie Bisbee: (814) 860-5172 or Please indicate in your message how many people will be in your group and which program is of primary interest (pharmacy).  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • Accelerated progression (year-round classes)
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • LECOM School of Pharmacy Accelerated Pathway, Erie, PA & LECOM School of Pharmacy Traditional Pathway, Bradenton, FL. 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    LECOM is a private, non-profit institution offering professional programs in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. LECOM School of Pharmacy is a single school operating out of two locations, offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree through three pathways; an accelerated three year pathway in Erie, PA, a traditional four year pathway in Bradenton, FL and a four year distance education pathway, available to students living throughout the United States.


      The mission of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy professionals committed to providing high-quality, ethical, and empathetic patient-centered care to serve the needs of a diverse population. Through the integration of sciences with critical thinking skills and effective communication we prepare future pharmacists to be strong patient advocates and leaders in their communities, in professional associations, and in research activities. Students are exposed to early involvement in pharmacy practice that provides valuable learning experiences for their future careers as pharmacists. This also allows a progressive development of students' professional communication skills, and a true appreciation of pharmaceutical care concepts. Strong emphasis is placed on professionalism and life-long learning.


     The LECOM School of Pharmacy curriculum includes laboratory demonstrations and hands-on exercises, which prepare our students to compound extemporaneous and intravenous preparations. Students also participate in small group sessions to develop application, communication, and other skills needed for the pharmacy profession.


     LECOM encourages student involvement and leadership in community service activities through many officially recognized clubs and organizations. The students are actively involved in various community service events, and in fact, LECOM has been a national award winner every year since the inception of the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenges.


    LECOM is a member of LECOM Health, which includes Millcreek Community Hospital, LECOM, LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, Medical Associates of Erie physician offices, and the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center. The LECOM School of Pharmacy is affiliated with over 1,800 practice sites to provide experiential rotations for its students. Chartered in 1992, LECOM's enrollment has grown to more than 4000 students.


    For more information about LECOM, please visit




  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 100
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 24
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 24
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 24
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 24
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Minimum
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 12%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 88%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.39
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 18-53
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 27
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 94
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60  94 
      Biology w/labs: may include Introduction to Biology, Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology  12 
      General Chemistry with labs  12 
      Organic Chemistry with labs  12 
      General Electives: may include courses from History, Language, Art, Music, Humanities, etc..  15  25 
    • Additional Information: 

      General Education Electives must be taken in subject areas other than the above prerequisites, such as humanities and social sciences.

      All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States.  Applicants must complete all pharmacy prerequisites with a minimum grade of C (70%) in each course by July 1st prior to matriculation.

      LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept CLEP credits for prerequisite courses. Advanced placement credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 3 or higher. International baccalaureate (IB) credits earned at an approved IB high school in the United States will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 4 or higher.  International degree and course evaluations will not be accepted as prerequisite coursework.

      If you apply and are accepted to multiple LECOM PharmD programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance) you may deposit into only one of these programs.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: 
      • Deadline: April 1, 2017 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        LECOM requires all applicants to submit a LECOM Supplemental Application for each pathway to which they apply. Once LECOM receives the Verified PharmCAS application for any pathway, qualified applicants will receive an e-mail message providing information and instructions regarding how to complete the Supplemental Application which  will include a username and password to access the secure LECOM Candidate Portal to complete the Supplemental Application.  Payment of the $50 supplemental application fee is required at the time of submission. The LECOM Supplemental Application is very brief, and you are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible. The deadline date for submission of the LECOM Supplemental Application is April 15, 2017.

        Candidates may receive an invite to an interview before submitting their supplemental application, however, LECOM requires all students to eventually submit a supplemental.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        Beginning with Fall 2017 admission, LECOM will no longer require the PCAT.  If you would like to use the PCAT to supplement your application it is recommended that applicants take the PCAT prior to January of the year of matriculation. The applicant must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send the PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS (select PCAT code 104). 

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Applicants with F-1 Visas must submit a TOEFL score with their PharmCAS application.

        U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents DO NOT have to submit a TOEFL score.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Accepted students must sign a matriculation agreement and must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation. 


      Permanent Residents of the United States must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card to the office of admission ( to be eligible for admission.  This should be submitted at the time the supplemental application is submitted to speed the processing of your application. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: The LECOM School of Pharmacy is happy to announce that we have recently joined The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). This agreement establishes an efficient method of state authorization and a method of ensuring quality and integrity in distance education. For more information about SARA, please visit: As a result of joining SARA, we can now accept applications from all states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia except Massachusetts.
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

      All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by July 1st prior to matriculation. LECOM does not consider foreign transcript evaluations.


      LECOM now accepts applications from students with F-1 Visas!  International applicants must satisfy the following requirements:




      1.)    All 60 Credits of pre-requisite coursework must be earned at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.




      2.)    All international applicants must submit their IBT TOEFL results on PharmCAS with a minimum score of “20” on each section (reading, speaking, listening, writing).




      3.)    All students must provide proof of their F-1 visa status.  LECOM can only evaluate applicants with F-1 Visas.




      4.)    International applicants must submit an I-20 Certification of Finances form.  International students must also pay their first year tuition in full upon matriculation.




      5.)    Applicants must also satisfy any other requirements for the School of Pharmacy as listed here.



  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      LECOM School of Pharmacy requires two letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from a science professor. The other letter can be from anyone else except a friend, family member or co- worker. A letter of recommendation from a pharmacist is recommended. All letters of recommendation are submitted through PharmCAS. PharmCAS allows students to submit up to four letters of recommendation. PharmCAS will send the letters to the schools you apply to once they receive them from your recommender.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If the letter follows the institutions procedure
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If the letter follows the institutions procedure
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through May 
    • Details: 

      Applicants being considered for admission will be invited for an on-site interview on a rolling basis between September and May. Therefore, those applying early may have a greater chance for acceptance.   The on-site interview will give the applicant an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students, as well as learn more about LECOM and the pharmacy program.  While we strongly recommend that a candidate interviews at the campus to which they are applying, accommodations can be made upon special request. Please contact the admissions coordinator for further information at

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants?  The LECOM School of Pharmacy conducts a rolling admissions process from September through May. The Admissions Committee will begin to review applications, consider applicants for admission, and mail acceptance letters as early as September each year. Therefore, it is recommended to apply and interview as early as possible.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two to four weeks upon receipt of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount:  $500
      • Due: Two to four weeks upon receipt of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: If accepted to multiple programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance), once you have deposited into one program, your application will be withdrawn from the others.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2017 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: